How to nail the per­fect shade for spring man­i­cures.

Don’t go for a mani with­out this spring colour guide

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - with SHER­INE YOUSSEF

“We don’t want to be too matchy-matchy”

Na­ture-in­spired nail colours are the key trend this spring and sum­mer. “Warm sun­beam tones, from sand and tan, to cream, clay and cof­fee browns, as well as coral, are big,” ex­plains nail ex­pert Jo­ce­lyn Petroni. “But if you pre­fer some­thing mood­ier, don’t be afraid of us­ing darker shades that are usu­ally re­served for the cooler months.”

Petroni’s ad­vice? Keep nails short and al­ways “use a su­per-glossy top­coat to match the glow of sum­mer”. A neu­tral that’s per­fectly matched to your skin tone is a fail-safe op­tion, and there are a few tricks to fol­low if you want to com­ple­ment age­ing hands. “Al­ways wear colours that are re­flected in your skin tone – this is the golden rule to fol­low as we age,” says Petroni. “I would steer away from highly

pearlised pol­ishes, which can cre­ate an over­all aged look. Stick to clean, bright, bold and highly pig­mented shades. Avoid any­thing flu­o­res­cent at all costs.”

As for that old rule about match­ing your mani and pedi, Petroni notes: “A com­pletely co­or­di­nated mani and pedi can have the op­po­site ef­fect and look bland and age­ing, so we don’t want to be too matchy-matchy. Be­sides, nails are about cel­e­brat­ing your in­di­vid­u­al­ity, so mix and match as you wish, and try some­thing like neu­tral toes with bright or­ange fingers.”

And, of course, pol­ished nails look best with healthy hands and nails. So look af­ter those cu­ti­cles and al­ways keep a rich hand cream nearby.


• “A slightly rounded nail shape al­ways looks pol­ished,” con­firms Petroni.

• If you pre­fer long nails, keep them fem­i­nine with rounded tips, and avoid blunt, square ends, or ex­ten­sions.

• Long-term, syn­thetic treat­ments such as gel man­i­cures are not good for nails. “Take time off be­tween ap­point­ments and switch be­tween gel and nat­u­ral pol­ish to re­store your nat­u­ral nail health,” she sug­gests.




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